Presentation on theme: "Navigating the College Search Process for Sophomores Susie Bremen Coordinator for College Counseling North Central High School December 11, 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Navigating the College Search Process for Sophomores Susie Bremen Coordinator for College Counseling North Central High School December 11, 2013
Why Go To College? “College graduates can expect to earn an average of 70 percent more during their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. That means that during a 40-year career, the difference in earning is about $1 million!” Source: Overview.com/colleges, 2011
The College Search is a Process Explore the criteria for a good match Academic Environment Major Location & Type of College Admission Standards People Cost
College “To-Do” List for Sophomores & Their Parents Academic Planning - type of diploma Learn about NC’s college prep resources Use online major & career exploration tools Visit college websites for information on admission requirements, campus visits, virtual campus tours & scholarships
College “To-Do” List for Sophomores & Their Parents Use summer months to learn more about careers, develop leadership, or service to community Take the PSAT again in 11 th grade – National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)
Targets for Sophomores Core 40 is the minimum diploma for applying to four-year colleges Add rigor: Watch the number of non-academic electives Build reading & vocabulary skills
Targets for Sophomores Research majors & career options Strengthen leadership skills Summer immersion programs: Academic, leadership, wilderness, overseas, etc.
Resources for Students & Parents Guidance counselors & teachers College & Career Fairs College guide books Online resources Summer programs Current students & recent alums
How 4-year Colleges Evaluate Admission Applications o Academic classes taken o Diploma track o Grades o Grade trends / Junior year emphasis o SAT or ACT scores – SEND FROM TESTING AGENCIES! o Rigor of senior schedule
College Major & Career Exploration Summer shadowing Talk to current professionals College and career Vocational Schools
Favorite Web Resources for Basic Help / /
Websites with Specific Focus – College Planning – Athletes – African American – Hispanic - Occupational Outlook – The Common App – Scholarships – Financial Aid - Indiana Financial Aid
NAVIANCE Web-based College Planning System Research possible majors and careers Research colleges & scholarships Get college e-newsletters from Guidance Links to dozens of helpful websites Track the entire college search process REQUIRES VALID ADDRESSES!
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